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50 Cent In Somalia

In a break from the 50 Cent 2012 tour, he flew to a famine refugee camp in Dolo to "see firsthand the effects of hunger in Somalia and Kenya.


In a break from the 50 Cent 2012 tour, he flew to a famine refugee camp in Dolo to "see firsthand the effects of hunger in Somalia and Kenya." This is all part of a new partnership the World Food Program and his semi-charitable Street King initiative — which promises to feed a billion kids in Africa.

Mixed feelings about this one. We're not fans of the fact 50's profiting by selling a drink that only gives part of its revenue towards charity or that he raps about commiting murder in official Street King songs. But, at the same time,  he is using his immense fame to bring the issue of world hunger to light — for example, basically every major U.S. publication printed this story.

So, you know, you can't full-on hate on the 50 Cent 2012 trip to help a philanthropic (if sideways) campaign to fight hunger in Africa, as long as it delivers on its promise. To end:

The U.N. last week declared an end to Somalia's six-month famine, though it said tens of thousands of people still need food aid to survive. The British government estimates that between 50,000 and 100,000 people died from the famine's effects. (Billboard)

 

"SA Rappers Out Here Killing Y'all," M.I Abaga On Nigerian Rappers

M.I has fueled a debate about the state Nigerian hip-hop with his latest song, "You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Life."

Nigerian star M.I Abaga is back with a punch and taking aim at all of his fellow Nigerian rappers.

The track—which sees M.I. drop lines like "none of you rappers is real enough... that's why these fans are not feeling ya'll," "SA rappers out here killing ya,ll," and "rappers are singing now just to get popular, yuck"—has sparked a debate across social media on the current state of Nigerian hip-hop.

There's been some calling out M.I for not supporting young Nigerian rappers like big rappers do in South Africa. These years have seen the likes of Cassper Nyovest and other big SA stars supporting younger talent.

Others, however, have taken up the challenge and started responding to M.I's track over the "Fix Up Your Life" instrumental. M.I's been retweeting the responses and, in a way, the track's been getting a lot of the young rappers M.I calls out some more attention.

M.I and his label Chocolate City have also been in the news lately over suing Nas for not delivering a good verse.

What do you think? Is Nigerian hip-hop in decline?

See some choice tweets below.

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